The SIDFP e-Bulletin gives members and partners a heads-up about upcoming events and new resources. We use it to introduce new people to the Division and talk about some of our accomplishments. The e-Bulletin is distributed every second Thursday. The deadline for submission is the previous Thursday. To submit and item or should you wish to be added to the mailing list please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 20, 2020 South Island Division E-Bulletin
SOUTH ISLAND PCN PHYSICIAN FORUM MEETINGS
**NEXT MEETING - March 16th, 2020**
These meetings will continue to be held at the Vancouver Island Technology Park (4464 Markham St.) - Building 200 - Collaboration Centre Conference Room from 5:30-7:30pm.
Once an agenda has been developed, it along with any materials can be found on the PCN Physician Forum Meeting Information page
IN THE NEWS
NEW - DOCTORS TECHNOLOGY OFFICE: 2019 YEAR IN REVIEW
If you didn’t receive it directly, here is the 2019 Year in Review from the Doctors Technology Office (DTO).
NEW - URGENT WINDOWS 7 ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MEMBERS
Attached, please find a guide on how to upgrade your computers now that Windows 7 is no longer supported for security upgrades. The longer you have unsupported computers, the more you are vulnerable to malware that could substantially disrupt your practice.
NOVEL CORONAVIRUS UPDATES
As the information is changing very rapidly, please refer to http://www.bccdc.ca/about/news-stories/stories/2020/information-on-novel-coronavirus, for the most up to date information. MHO and BCCDC will continue to update this site.
TRANSITIONING PATIENTS WITH A MENTAL HEALTH DISORDER
Is your patient with a mental health disorder ready to transition into adult mental health services?
The BC Pediatric Society has developed a set of factsheets and resources to support your transition planning.
Resources include a variety of topics, such as:
- how to find adult mental health services in your Heath Authority,
- transitioning a patient with a developmental disability and mental health disorder, and
- transitioning Aboriginal youth with a mental health disorder including information about Jordan’s Principle.
Like what you see, or have a comment? Please contact us at email@example.com.
Thanks to the Specialist Services Committee for supporting this work. And thanks to the many physicians, HA staff, service providers, and Advisory Committee members for their work on these resources.
EMR CONNECT VIDEO
The EMR Connect Video, completed by the Island Health Multimedia Group, can be found here: https://vimeo.com/388569113
Hopefully this gives a better idea of how EMR Connect works! If there are any questions or issues with the video, of if you would like to request a site visit, please contact Jo-Anne Beeren-Parsons.
PELVIC FLOOR PHYSIOTHERAPISTS
For those who might be interested, please find attached a list of physiotherapists who specialize in pelvic floor therapy.
Check each bulletin for the most recent edition(s) of the Divisions Dispatch newsletter.
MEDICAL HEALTH OFFICER UPDATES
For any health updates, please click through to the Island Health website – this will include any measles status updates.
REMINDER - DON'T FORGET TO COMPLETE THE DIVISION SURVEY!
Last week, a survey was sent to members with the purpose of gathering information so that we are better equipped to provide the support you value. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes and you can enter into a draw to win one of three $50 gift cards. The survey will close on Friday, February 21st, 2020 at 5pm.
NEW - UPCOMING PHYSICIAN EVENT RE: ENTERING INTO PRIVATE PRACTICE
A joint event between the Victoria and South Island Divisions, this event is for those who would consider entering into private practice. A panel of experienced family physicians will cover multiple topics, including: business tips, caring for a panel of patients, benefits and barriers to empanelment, etc. For details see the attached poster.
NEW - BCCFP AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN
Do you have an amazing colleague? Extraordinary family physicians deserve to be recognized. If you know somebody who makes a positive difference to family medicine – whether it’s inspiring colleagues, leading community initiatives, pursuing research or something else that make them special – nominate them today for a BCCFP award. Nominations for all awards are due March 31.
REMINDER - BILLING EDUCATION WEBINAR SERIES
There are two upcoming billing webinars:
- GPSC Billing Part 4 – March 3 at 6pm
- Billing in team based care environments
- Delegation & Communication
- Case-based exercises – March 30 at 6pm
- This cumulative session includes all content covered in sessions 1-5 including all GPSC incentives and relevant MSP fees covered to date.
For more information, click here.
NEW - PALLIATIVE APPROACH IN PRIMARY CARE SURVEY
The BC Centre for Palliative Care is interested in enhancing partnership with primary care providers in BC. To help focus their efforts, they are asking for your participation in a survey to help them understand the various initiatives in the area and explore potential interest in further collaboration. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Please click on the link below.
RESIDENT & MENTOR PROGRAM SOCIAL
Over the past number of years, the South Island and Victoria Divisions of Family Practice have worked together to establish a Resident Engagement Working Group, a collaborative that focuses on building early relationships with UBC family practice medical residents, providing Division supports and supporting/encouraging residents into family practice clinics in Greater Victoria. Some benefits to residents include: facilitation of connections with family physicians, access to educational events, locum matching, access to RACE, Pathways and other useful tools and resources, as well as all the other Division supports available to family physicians in practice.
A key program that the South Island Division offers to family practice medical residents is a Resident Mentor Program. Each resident is matched to a mentor group, led by a family physician. Residents remain with the same mentor for their two years of residency. The purpose of the program is to provide an opportunity for residents to connect with an experienced family Practice physician to learn about what life is like as a working family physician, both professionally and personally. This is an informal and social program, without clinical instruction, designed to provide residents with an insight into successfully living the life of a family practice physician. In many cases the program has proven to be a mutually rewarding experience for residents and mentors.
Attached is a photo taken at the recent Resident Mentor Winter Social at Axe & Grind in Victoria, which was followed by dinner at Perro Negro.
If you would be interested in mentoring a resident, we are always seeking new mentors. To express your interest and/or for further information, please contact Gary Clarke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ENCOURAGE YOUR COLLEAGUES TO JOIN THE DIVISION
We encourage all members to promote the Division with their colleagues and encourage them to join us. The closer we are to 100% enrollment, the more we ensure we're representing the family practice community. Applications can be submitted online via this link.
NEW - Pathways Public Community Services for Victoria/South Island is now live!
Victoria and South Island GPs are now able to direct their patients to the Pathways Public Facing Community Services web pages. Pathways CS Public is like your medical office virtual social worker assistant!
Pathways Public Community Services allows patients to access information on programs and services in our community as well as province wide!
This service is brought to you by your Provincial Pathways team.
Questions? Pathways access? Email: email@example.com
ER Tips & Tricks
Courtesy of Victoria Division of Family Practice, ER Tips and Tricks are a series of hands-on, focused guidelines intended to assist community GPs. Click here to view ER Tips & Tricks.
Tips for accessing Community Health Services: Looking for the best ways to access support from Island Health’s CHS team? We’ve picked up a few great tips and tricks to share with you: check the MOA Resources page of our website for helpful information!
Please visit our Resources section of the website for patient related resources.
NEW - YAKIMOVICH WELLNESS CENTRE
Don’t forget about the Self-Management courses offered through Self-Management BC found here
Please see the Division's Calendar of Events
To view the most current employment postings please see the links below:
If you would like to post a position please download the appropriate form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 250-658-3304. We strive to keep our information current, so if any of the postings have been filled, please notify the office.
Succession Planning Guide
Are you looking to make a change to your practice? The Succession Planning Guide (.PDF) will lead you through the critical steps in your decision making process. For support or questions, contact email@example.com.
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